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20
Oct
Kimberly & Brendan’s Art Deco Phoenix Wedding
categories: fabulous reception sites, floral inspiration, real weddings, Wedding Inspiration

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There are two distinct phrases that come to mind when we see Kimberly and Brendan’s Art Deco Phoenix Wedding. The first is, “They did it their way” and the second is, “They had SO MUCH FUN!”. See, this lovely pair planned a wedding where they clearly made their own decisions— they incorporated sentimental items to honor those they love, both their ceremony and reception venues have personal meaning to them, and the details were thoughtfully curated to create an evening like no other. Oh, and their after-party is one that I genuinely mourn the absence of in my life. You’ve just got to see this wedding beginning with the finery of their attire and ending with hula hoops!

Art Deco Phoenix Wedding | Colors: We wanted our wedding to be reflective of both AZ (our beautiful sunsets) and the winter months, so we selected navy and copper with lavender as our accent color. Given the Phoenix Art Museum’s more modern feel, the theme of our wedding was a modern take on art deco and Gatsby, with Arizona twists.

Art Deco Phoenix Wedding | The Flowers: Our florist grew her own rosemary and lavender, our two favorite herbs/scents, and this was incorporated into the bouquets, centerpieces, and a bundle was tucked into each place setting at the guest tables. There were also sprigs of fresh lavender added to the water. Brendan’s boutonniere consisted of a succulent and white ranunculus while my bouquet consisted of white anemone, white ranunculus, blue thistle, purple tipped succulents, lavender roses, copper painted eucalyptus, Italian ruscus, and a very special flower: Picasso calla lilies with the purple center. My grandma, who played a huge role in raising me, passed away several years ago, and she carried a bouquet of calla lilies at her wedding so this was a way to pay tribute to her. 

In addition to my gold Saint Mary’s College ring, I also wore a small gold ring on my right hand that is a family heirloom which all the women in my family have worn on their wedding day.

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Art Deco Phoenix Wedding | Favorite Moment: Looking back there were so many incredibly special moments on our wedding day, but both of us think the first look was one of the top highlights of the day. There was so much anticipation to see one another, and because we had our photographers and videographers there it built up the anticipation even more. Seeing one another in that moment was pure joy and all of the nerves of the day melted away in an instant.

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Art Deco Phoenix Wedding | The Ceremony: We were married at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Central Phoenix, which is a church where we have been members and attend regularly. Our family priest, Fr. Ben, officiated the Mass.

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Art Deco Phoenix Wedding | The Coolest Getaway: In honor of Brendan’s Grandma, who also passed away several years ago, Brendan’s parents had his Grandma’s 1946 Chevy Coupe fully restored in time for the wedding and drove it to Phoenix. The beautiful navy blue car with chrome trim was an unforgettable tribute to Brendan’s Grandma and made for a dramatic getaway car!

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It was only fitting that Kimberly and Brendan had their reception at Phoenix Art Museum—it’s one of the first places Kimberly took Brendan to when he moved to Phoenix from Tucson! And again, see how much fun they have together?

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Art Deco Phoenix Wedding | The Reception: The reception took place in Phoenix Art Museum’s Cummings Hall, a dramatic and spacious space perfect for entertaining.

Food was another really important aspect of our wedding since we are HUGE foodies. We decided to have a Southwest Italian feast that  highlighted the flavors and produce of Arizona as well as our love for Italian food. Our caterers incorporated traditional Italian pastas with Southwestern chilis, meats, and produce. The caterers’ signature braised short ribs were served with an ancho chili sauce and the favorite pasta of the pasta bar was the penne pasta with tequila lime chicken and peppers.

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Art Deco Phoenix Wedding | The Cake: The beautiful and fresh cake featured my (Kimberly’s) layer—chocolate cake and cannoli filling—and Brendan’s layer—vanilla cake with cream and fresh raspberries.

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Art Deco Phoenix Wedding | The Photobooth: To match the classy, modern theme, our photobooth company handmade a wall of white, paper flowers as the backdrop for the photobooth fun! Many guests thought it was part of the museum.

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If you’ve looked at a lot of wedding photos, you know how awkward some cake cutting/eating photos can be…but not Kimberly and Brendan’s cake photo! Oh no, these two are simply the cutest!

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Art Deco Phoenix Wedding | The After Party: At the exit, guests were able to take a few glow sticks for the grand exit and after party, which was held at The Duce…guests also took some awesome handmade leather Arizona keychains that my beloved Grandpa made by hand. The keychains either said AZ or 1.7.17 (our wedding date). 

The after party is where we giddily rejoiced for Kimberly and Brendan and the beautiful wedding day they planned—to have their photographers follow them to the after party where the couple and their guests played games, danced, and just let loose is just pure genius. It’s the best way we can think of to end a wedding!

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What’s your advice for other couples to achieve such an easy-going & fun attitude? The stress leading up to the wedding day is like none other because each couple invests so much time, energy, and money into making it the perfect day. We had a blast on our wedding day and felt many things contributed to our relaxed and fun going attitude. First off, hiring the best team of vendors really paid off for us because we were confident in them and each one of them exceeded our expectations so we didn’t feel like we were worrying about anything on the day of the wedding. Surrounding ourselves with loved ones was also key to easing nerves. The greatest piece of advice for other couples that we can give is to remember this day is all about the union of you and your partner. Have faith in all of the planning and preparation you have both done and focus on one another because your guests will have a blast and the vendors will ensure everything else is perfect.

Our wedding day was the best day yet, and we feel so totally grateful and in love with how it all turned out. We are excited to share our story and hopefully inspire other engaged couples! We learned so much and grew even closer together as a couple during the planning process, and we feel it all paid off beautifully.

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Where there any surprises or things you would change? We feel really blessed because we didn’t have any major surprises or issues on our wedding day; even during a rainy January we lucked out and got a sunny, cool weather day. Everyone told us prepare for something to go wrong, but we believe that due to all of our planning and amazing vendors (ok and a bit of good luck too), every single detail went off without a hitch. The week of the wedding we decided to add an informal “after party” at The Duce and we are so glad we did that. Even though it was a super long day already, our adrenaline kicked in and we (plus many of our guests) were wide awake and ready to continue the party! We would recommend to either book your reception venue an hour longer, or select an after party spot like we did. We closed down The Duce and partied until nearly 2am!

Congratulations Kimberly and Brendan and thank you for sharing your wedding with us!

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Reception Site: Phoenix Art Museum

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Photographer: Sunshine & Reign Photography | Florist: Table Tops, Etc. | Caterer: Santa Barbara Catering | Cake: Honeymoon Sweets | Photobooth: Pic Me! Photobooth | After Party: The Duce

Xoxo, Phoenix Bride & Groom…your complete Arizona wedding magazine and wedding planning resource

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25
Sep
Kaytie and Alex’s Best Day Ever Wedding
categories: destination weddings and honeymoons, fabulous reception sites, floral inspiration, for your ceremony, real weddings, reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

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Bride Kaytie, who previously worked for event planner Victoria Canada of Victoria Canada Weddings + Events, described her wedding as, “the dreamiest day” and once you get a look at it, you’ll understand why! The couple had their out of town guests in mind while planning their wedding so they chose Arizona Biltmore for their wedding venue which, they say, personifies “Arizona and winter comfy”. The details are gorgeous, the couple is so in love, there’s a few fun surprises, and overall, the planning that went into the day ended up making it Kaytie and Alex’s best day ever wedding!

When your wedding planner used to be your boss, you know there are some fun things in store…

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One thing you’ll notice right away about Kaytie and Alex is how truly HAPPY they are together. They radiate love!

Best Day Ever Wedding | Favorite Moment: One of my favorite moments from the day, hands down, was the first look because Alex turned around and his eyes filled with huge tears (and let’s just say, Alex is NOT a crier). I also loved our vows because I thought they perfectly described the way we feel about one another and I was so glad we didn’t share them with each other ahead of time.

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Best Day Ever Wedding | Color Palette:​ Kaytie and Alex chose cream and blush as the main colors for their decor but included navy with touches of metallic gold throughout to steer clear of their wedding being too muted.

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Best Day Ever Wedding | The Ceremony:​ Kaytie and Alex exchanged vows in Arizona Biltmore’s Paradise Garden on a picture perfect Arizona day. The aisle was lined with rose petals and large floral arrangements framed the space beautifully; Victoria surprised the couple with a custom monogram that was applied to the mirrored pedestals.

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Congratulations to the bride and groom!

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Best Day Ever Wedding | Cocktail Hour: Cocktail hour on the lawn included a Nebraska football themed bar as a nod to Alex’s loyalty to his team. Kaytie recalls: I was chomping at the bit for months because I surprised Alex with a signature cocktail called, “Go Big Red” because he bleeds all things Nebraska.

Another fun fact, as told to us by Kaytie: Having football in common, Victoria and Alex were both very in tune with where one another stood when it came to their schools (Texas Tech and Nebraska); therefore, when a huge group of wedding crashers attempted to crash our wedding, not only did Vic spot them right away but she ended up busting them by putting them through a test of questions, including, “oh so you went to school with Alex at Iowa State?” Unfortunately for the crashers, they said, “yes!” Vic said, “mmm too bad because he went to Nebraska. Time to go”…we all got the biggest kick out of it because she’s such a badass.

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The “fun facts” cards displayed throughout cocktail hour shared anecdotes about Kaytie and Alex’s love story; the escort card display was very special to Kaytie— the navy blue frame and fabric covered display board was built by Alex and Kaytie’s father.

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This sign was another surprise from Victoria—just one more of the perks of having worked for a wedding planner!

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Best Day Ever Wedding | The Reception: Kaytie and Alex’s dinner reception was in Arizona Biltmore’s Grand Ballroom where a mix of large feasting tables and round tables were set with cream linens, gold chiavari chairs, tall clear vases topped with grand cream and blush floral arrangements, and gold details throughout.

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Best Day Ever Wedding | More Surprises: My 3 best friends are 100% Greek. That being said, there has always been a long-standing joke that I think I’m Greek (and now Alex, too). The 3 of them surprised us with a “Big Fat Greek Wedding” style dance! It was seriously the biggest crack up and such a blast.

Also, Victoria knew that since Alex and I have been dating we have always collected and dated the corks from the bottles of wine we drink…well, she told the catering manager at The Biltmore this little secret and when we got back to our room that night, there was a huge bag of corks waiting for us from all of the bottles that were opened at the wedding, it was the cherry on top to the perfect day.

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Best Day Ever Wedding | Wedding Planner Love: When I was a sophomore in college, I had my sites set on wedding planning. To make a long story short, I ended up interviewing with Victoria and the rest was history! ​I worked for her for about 5 years and still do events with her from time to time when she needs an extra set of hands! She is honestly next level when it comes to anything event related. I remember watching her at weddings in awe and thinking to myself, “I can’t even imagine what it would be like if she could do my wedding one day.” Well, fast forward through years of friendship, tons of incredibly stunning events, and lots of wine and laughs later, she did end up planning our wedding! …and of course, just as I imagined way back when, it was a dream having her there through the whole process!!! 

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Best Day Ever Wedding | Wedding Day Love: This probably sounds cliche but there isn’t a single thing either of us would change. At the end of the night, as we were walking back to our room, all we could say was how completely flawless, ​stunning, and dreamy the whole day was. It was such a blast on so many levels! If possible, we would relive the day over and over and over again!

Congratulations Kaytie and Alex and thank you for sharing your BEST DAY EVER wedding with us!

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Wedding Venue: Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa

Wedding Planner: Victoria Canada Weddings + Events

Invitations: Celebrations in Paper

Makeup Artist: Corinna Cooke

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Bridesmaid Dresses: Schaffer’s

Photographer: Keith and Melissa Photographers | Wedding Gown: Bella Lily | Florist: Petal Pusher | Cake: Classic Cakes and Confections | Hair Stylist: Lanie Cunningham

Xoxo, Phoenix Bride & Groom…your complete Arizona wedding magazine and wedding planning resource

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28
Aug
Painted Desert Themed Rehearsal Dinner | Phoenix, Arizona
categories: fabulous reception sites, rehearsal dinner spots, Wedding Inspiration

Since there are many events besides the actual wedding to plan for, couples often consider the entire wedding weekend (or a whole week in some cases) a party and keep their out of town guests top of mind. Alison and Jon did just that when they hosted a welcome rehearsal dinner at El Chorro in Paradise Valley. The couple enlisted the help of Elite Circle wedding planner Victoria Canada of Victoria Canada Weddings + Events to plan a painted desert themed rehearsal dinner where guests were treated to delicious southwest inspired food and El Chorro’s legendary views. Surely it will inspired you to include a bit of our gorgeous desert at one of your events!

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A Painted Desert Themed Rehearsal Dinner: The Inspiration: The inspiration for our rehearsal dinner was painted desert! My husband, Jon is originally from Boston and while I grew up in Arizona, most of our guests came from out of town so we really wanted to showcase the desert and have our guests feel like they were on vacation at a “desert oasis.” We chose El Chorro because of its rich, authentic Arizona history, breathtaking views of Camelback Mountain, and classic southwestern cuisine. Jon‘s mom, Janie, really took the reins with the design and planning of the evening and worked closely with Victoria and Brooke to create our painted desert themed rehearsal dinner. 

Hand-painted luminarias, traditionally used as Christmas lanterns in the Southwest, set the stage for the evening.

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A Painted Desert Themed Rehearsal Dinner | Favorite Part: My favorite part of the evening was walking in and seeing all of our friends and family there as well as seeing the decor. Since I didn’t have too much involvement in planning the evening, I was totally surprised by the desert themed menu sign, watercolor seating chart, flowers, linens, personalized luminaria bags, etc. It was so fun to see the vision of the evening come to life.

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A Painted Desert Themed Rehearsal Dinner | Pre-wedding Party: Our rehearsal dinner was very different from our wedding, although they did both incorporated watercolors! The rehearsal dinner decor and vibe was more casual, laid back and funky with pops of vibrant colors while our wedding was much more romantic and whimsical and had more muted colors/pastels. The floral designs for the rehearsal dinner brought in many elements from the desert while our wedding floral designs had more of an enchanted garden feel.

The couple welcomed guests for the weekend with a custom bag filled with local Arizona favorites, a “Recovery Kit”, and a personalized watercolor door hanger—Alison and Jon’s out of town guests were treated to southwestern hospitality right from the start!

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Alison and Jon, congratulations on your wedding and thank you for sharing your painted desert themed rehearsal dinner with us!

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Location: El Chorro
Explore our complete list of Elite Circle membersPhotographer: Elyse Hall Photography | Linen: La Tavola Linen | Floral: Jan Dekker Designs | Signage: Breanne Jackson | Entertainment: Chris B. Jacome | Transportation: Driver Provider
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9
Aug
Meet our Omni Montelucia Staycation Giveaway Winners!
categories: fabulous reception sites, Giveaways and Contests

Just imagine how excited you would be if you won a two-night stay at the luxurious Omni Montelucia in Scottsdale. We think there would be some serious squeals! The resort is an oasis in the desert that boasts stunning Spanish architecture, flowing fountains, refreshing pools, and a world-class spa. We partnered with Elite Circle wedding venue Omni Montelucia in our last issue to give away a two-night stay package valued at $1,500 and Tara & Brian, an adorable Arizona couple getting married in November, are our staycation giveaway winners!

Here’s the couple receiving their certificate that treats them to a two night stay in a resort-view room, 50 minute spa services for two at Joya Spa, champagne or gelato at Joya Terrace, and two fitness classes at Joya Fitness:

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How did you and Brian meet? Brian and I met in 2013 at a company we both worked for at the time. A few weeks later we went on our first date and have been inseparable ever since! 
 
In 2015 we went on a trip to Costa Rica with a group of our closest friends and he surprised me and proposed to me in front of a waterfall! 
What are you most excited about as far as your wedding day? I think what I’m most excited about is celebrating our love with our family and friends. They are the ones who have witnessed our amazing journey from day one.
 
We have a feeling Tara and Brian are really going to enjoy the pool!

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What do you most enjoy about Phoenix Bride & GroomPhoenix Bride & Groom has inspired me with ideas for my big day whether it’s for the rehearsal dinner, ceremony or reception.

Congratulations Tara and Brian- we hope you enjoy your staycation and we can’t wait to see your wedding photos! 
Readers, do you want a chance to be one of our giveaway winners? It’s super easy to enter: twice a year, in each of our gorgeous issues, we feature a fabulous giveaway. To be eligible to enter, you just need to be engaged and getting married in Arizona (and of course fill out our short entry form online)! Click here for our current giveaway
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1
Aug
Remy + Andy’s Progressive Wedding at The Phoenician
categories: fabulous reception sites, for your ceremony, real weddings, reception ideas, Scottsdale Weddings, Wedding Inspiration

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Progressive Wedding at The Phoenician: Remy and Andrew planned the loveliest wedding at the iconic The Phoenician Scottsdale where many couples choose to exchange vows due to the property’s lush surroundings, grand ballrooms, and legendary service.

Bride Remy tells us about her unique “progressive” style wedding: We had an outdoor evening ceremony, cocktail hour and dinner outdoors then an indoor ‘after party’ in one of the ballrooms. Each area was decorated slightly differently so that the evening slowly progressed from a soft romantic ceremony to a fun party atmosphere, using gradual changes in lighting, flowers, and decor to provide overall continuity.

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Progressive Wedding at The Phoenician | The Ceremony: The couple exchanged vows in a magical setting—The Phoenician Scottsdale’s Orchid Lawn— where they were surrounded by twinkle lights, candles, and a chandelier overhead; guests sipped prosecco and craft beers during the ceremony—an idea we adore!

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Progressive Wedding at The Phoenician | Cocktail Hour: The evening began with an outdoor cocktail hour underneath a draped canopy—the white draping was embedded with twinkle lights to make it glow. Dandelion chandeliers were hung over three mirrored tables that featured small red, white, and green floral arrangements placed in mirrored vases.

One of our favorite touches was monogrammed, silver-framed photos of our grandparents and parents on their respective wedding days, placed on the cocktail tables along with different F. Scott Fitzgerald love quotes printed in script and bordered in assorted frames.

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Progressive Wedding at The Phoenician | The ReceptionMy favorite touch was the printed menu imposed with monogrammed matches and sparklers for guests to light upon our entrance…for dinner on the lawn, the central focal point was a large chandelier that hung above a black and white checkered dance floor. Overhead glimmering lights anchored the space. 

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Progressive Wedding at The Phoenician | The After Party: Guests progressed into the ballroom that had white draping and pink up-lighting; the couple participated in a raucous hora (a dance where guests hoist the bride and groom high above the crowd on chairs to the “Hava Nagila”) and several guests joined in.

White lounge furniture and switching to a DJ for the music created a club-like atmosphere. To match the mood, I changed into a tea length princess gown with a sparkling bodice. Here we served our cake, along with small dessert bites and late night pizza to make sure no one went hungry!

We love that Remy chose to attend her after party in a tea-length gown that had a crystal bodice!

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Remy and Andrew’s Progressive Wedding at The Phoenician was featured in print and you can see it online here!

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Location: The Phoenician Scottsdale

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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Photographer: Mike Olbinski Photography | Cake & pastries: Paula Jacqueline Cakes and Pastries | Invitations: Paperjoy | Event Coordinator: BTS Event Management | Floral Design: Flower Bar | Entertainment: The Hip Booth, Desert House Productions, Party Crashers |

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21
Jul
Elite Circle Wedding Florist in Arizona | Butterfly Petals
categories: floral inspiration, Meet Our Friends, Trends, Wedding Inspiration

To say that Mandi, owner and principal designer of Butterfly Petals, is creative or talented doesn’t quite do her work justice. Mandi is a visionary. She doesn’t do what everyone else does—she works with materials that are completely unexpected and somehow infuses her passion for desert inspired floral into every single thing she touches. By the time you’re finished reading this, you’ll want this well-known Elite Circle wedding florist in Arizona to design for you, we just know it! But first, you simply MUST get to know Mandi and the philosophy that drives Butterfly Petals…

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(Photographer: Eyes 2 See, Location: Phoenix Art Museum, Wedding Planner: A Day to Cherish, Florist: Butterfly Petals, Invitations: Celebrations In Paper, Rentals: Classic Party Rentals)

What do you think makes Butterfly Petals a stand-out wedding florist in Arizona? In a world where creatives are encouraged to only design to a brand, I decided I love flowers too much to limit myself to one style or look and feel. Yes, we’re known for our rustic desert work, but we’re extremely flexible and can design around anyone’s preferred look and feel. We have a huge inventory of vases and containers to suit everyone’s tastes whether it’s rustic, elegant or modern. I have a great team around me with their own design skill set and we can always pull something awesome together which fits our clients’ needs. We will always be known for our desert designs and I think that’s because I’m an Arizona native and can’t help myself. I have to play with cacti and textures and they seep into my work when left to my own devices.  

Elite Circle Wedding Florist in Arizona _Phoenix Bride and Groom_Butterfly Petals_El Chorro_Rachel Solomon_Victoria Canada Weddings and Events

(Florist: Butterfly Petals, Wedding Planner: Victoria Canada Weddings and Events, Location: El Chorro, Photographer: Rachel Solomon)

Elite Circle Wedding Florist in Arizona _Phoenix Bride and Groom_Butterfly Petals_Imoni_Montelucia_Elyse Hall

(Florist: Butterfly Petals, Location: Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, Event Planner: Imoni, Photographer: Elyse Hall)

Elite Circle Wedding Florist in Arizona _Phoenix Bride and Groom_Butterfly Petals_Eyes 2 See Photography

(Photographer: Eyes 2 See, Location: Phoenix Art Museum, Wedding Planner: A Day to Cherish, Florist: Butterfly Petals, Invitations: Celebrations In Paper, Rentals: Classic Party Rentals)

Elite Circle Wedding Florist in Arizona _Phoenix Bride and Groom_Butterfly Petals_El Chorro_Rachel Solomon_Victoria Canada Weddings and Events

(Florist: Butterfly Petals, Wedding Planner: Victoria Canada Weddings and Events, Location: El Chorro, Photographer: Rachel Solomon)

You’re always a bit ahead of the trends and often use unique elements in your design so we’re dying to know: where do you get your inspiration from? I pay attention to design trends outside the wedding industry. If you see pillows show up in Target with palm leaves, you’re bound to start seeing inspiration shoots for weddings featuring cool tropical greenery and backgrounds. I have a giant pile of home decor catalogs clogging my mailbox, I even see the design trends on shows like Fixer Upper on HGTV. As the wood finishes change on home furnishings, the rental companies start to carry similar pieces in their inventory. It’s gone from Farm tables to upscale Pottery Barn style dining…all in the wedding world. I also try to follow international designers. The boho trend started to take off in Australia and New Zealand where they have access to all the gorgeous protea we’re starting to see in bridal bouquets. Dress designers started adding bell sleeves and everything felt a little 70s/hippy gypsy. Lo and behold, the brides stateside started taking note and suddenly the rental companies are carrying peacock chairs and oriental rugs and we’re designing with pampas grass and protea. Following bridal blogs is helpful as well but once a trend starts it can be a plague of sameness. I always want to be on to the next thing for my clients while still keeping my designs desert-friendly and funky.

Elite Circle Wedding Florist in Arizona _Phoenix Bride and Groom_Butterfly Petals_Eyes 2 See Photography

(Photographer: Eyes 2 See, Location: Phoenix Art Museum, Wedding Planner: A Day to Cherish, Florist: Butterfly Petals, Invitations: Celebrations In Paper, Rentals: Classic Party Rentals)

Elite Circle Wedding Florist in Arizona _Phoenix Bride and Groom_Butterfly Petals_El Chorro_Rachel Solomon_Victoria Canada Weddings and Events

(Florist: Butterfly Petals, Wedding Planner: Victoria Canada Weddings and Events, Location: El Chorro, Photographer: Rachel Solomon)

What do you want clients to know about their own wedding before meeting with you in order to get the most out of your initial consultation? Know the overall look and feel you want to achieve. Don’t worry too much about zeroing in on exactly what flowers are going to be in each vase and container– instead think about how you want the wedding to feel. Think about your guests walking into the reception space-do you see rustic tables with long flowing garlands or round tables with linen and tall stately centerpieces? Think big picture and we’ll zoom in and fill in those details. It’s also key to know your venue and an approximate idea of how many guests you’ll be inviting, the size of your wedding party and your needs for ceremony, etc. We want to get the initial quotes as accurate as possible so you know what you’re in for.

Elite Circle Wedding Florist in Arizona _Phoenix Bride and Groom_Butterfly Petals_El Chorro_Rachel Solomon_Victoria Canada Weddings and Events

(Florist: Butterfly Petals, Wedding Planner: Victoria Canada Weddings and Events, Location: El Chorro, Photographer: Rachel Solomon)

Elite Circle Wedding Florist in Arizona _Phoenix Bride and Groom_Butterfly Petals_Eyes 2 See Photography

(Photographer: Eyes 2 See, Location: Phoenix Art Museum, Wedding Planner: A Day to Cherish, Florist: Butterfly Petals, Invitations: Celebrations In Paper, Rentals: Classic Party Rentals)

How do you approach/work with clients that aren’t “flower people”? Most people aren’t flower people. Or at least, most people don’t fill their entire day with thoughts of flower types, seasonal availability, colors, etc. Don’t worry too much about knowing flowers–we’ll fill that in for you. Know the overall look and feel you’re going for and we’ll help you with the rest. If you just don’t think you want a ton of flowers or never envisioned lush floral design at your wedding–that’s ok too. Flowers add a lot but I’m very practical in my approach. Everyone is going to want something unique at their wedding or celebration and sometimes that means very clean and minimal floral.

Elite Circle Wedding Florist in Arizona _Phoenix Bride and Groom_Butterfly Petals_Eyes 2 See Photography

(Photographer: Eyes 2 See, Location: Phoenix Art Museum, Wedding Planner: A Day to Cherish, Florist: Butterfly Petals, Invitations: Celebrations In Paper, Rentals: Classic Party Rentals)

Elite Circle Wedding Florist in Arizona _Phoenix Bride and Groom_Butterfly Petals__Elyse Hall_Imoni Events_The Wigwam_2

(Florist: Butterfly Petals, Location: The Wigwam, Photographer: Elyse Hall, Event Planner: Imoni Events)

If you could give couples planning their weddings your top piece of advice when it comes to flowers, what would you say? Pinterest is a great start but keep in mind, that like most social media, it’s now run by algorithms that feed you results based on what everyone else is pinning and drawn to. They’re pulling gorgeous photo-ready weddings from Style Me Pretty and other inspirational blogs that don’t always feature the most affordable floral designs. You’re also getting the same results 100 other clients are getting. Instead of pinning 85 photos of peony bouquets and finding out they aren’t available or are extremely expensive the time of year the wedding occurs, I’d rather my clients start with broad strokes–look for pretty bouquets in your color scheme. Know what you like or don’t like about them–whether it’s the shape or the way the colors balance with each other. It gives us the flexibility of working with mother nature to come up with designs that work in our desert climate as well as designs which suit every look, feel and budget. It also gives us a little creativity. This is what we do after all, and a little trust in your designer’s skills will give you a gorgeous result every time.

Elite Circle Wedding Florist in Arizona _Phoenix Bride and Groom_Butterfly Petals_Eyes 2 See Photography

(Photographer: Eyes 2 See, Location: Phoenix Art Museum, Wedding Planner: A Day to Cherish, Florist: Butterfly Petals, Invitations: Celebrations In Paper, Rentals: Classic Party Rentals)

What floral trends or new floral design options are you seeing that you’re excited about? Color is coming back. We’ve been dancing around the same shades of blush, gold or peach and mint for the last several years. Gorgeous weddings every time but there’s something refreshing about a client who wants to use deep plums and fuchsia or a client who wants strong yellows. It allows us to work with floral we haven’t been using in the last few years like exotic orchids or calla lilies. Bold flowers that make a statement.

Elite Circle Wedding Florist in Arizona _Phoenix Bride and Groom_Butterfly Petals__Elyse Hall_Imoni Events_The Wigwam_2

(Florist: Butterfly Petals, Location: The Wigwam, Photographer: Elyse Hall, Event Planner: Imoni Events)

Elite Circle Wedding Florist in Arizona _Phoenix Bride and Groom_Butterfly Petals_Meg Brooke Photography

(Florist: Butterfly Petals, Photographer: Meg Brooke Photography)

Elite Circle Wedding Florist in Arizona _Phoenix Bride and Groom_Butterfly Petals_Monique Hessler_Sanctuary

(Florist: Butterfly Petals, Location: Sanctuary Camelback Mountain, Photographer: Monique Hessler)

Clearly, when you hire Butterfly Petals for your wedding, you’re embarking on a beautiful adventure. A discovery of sorts. If you’re up for the ride, join Mandi and her team and your world will be so gorgeous!

Wedding Florist in Arizona | Butterfly Petals: Website | Call: (480) 882 2436

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